Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cultural illumination.

Byline: Story by Jane Mahoney For the Journal Photographs by Kitty Clark Fritz Of the Journal

Albuquerque's India community celebrates Festival of Lights

One of India's most festive holidays will open with a blaze of tiny, twinkling lights in Albuquerque on Saturday in a joyous celebration incorporating dance, music, ethnic clothing and East Indian foods.

Diwali-The Festival of Lights will be celebrated with a free cultural program beginning at 5 p.m. at the La Cueva High School Performing Arts Center.

Sponsored by the India Association of New Mexico, Diwali-The Festival of Lights is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. For five days each October or November in India, the festival is highlighted by the lighting of hundreds of tiny lamps in every courtyard, according to Satya Saxena, incoming president of the India Association of New Mexico.

It's also the biggest event of the year for the association, said Saxena, a scientist with the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. …

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